Richard Robinson

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 08:15:34 -0400

Mr. Robinson,
Very nice work!  Do you have a website?
Brian Srock

From: Brian Srock <>

Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 14:41:59 -0500


I love your images, especially the ones from Nepal. Having been there, I can relate with your images and experiences. I felt the same way when I went to Europe for the first time, a few months ago. I thought I was not interested in modern cities. I was in love with 3rd world countries such as India, Tibet, Nepal.. But I had a wornderful surprise and loved Paris and other cities in Spain and Italy. Your photographs are indeed beautiful, if you can share, could you tell me what film and process you use to get that brilliant sepia tone?

From: Marita Contreras <>

Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001 11:34:07 -0400

Hey Richard,

Out of curiosity I did a search to see if you had any work on the web.  I found your Paris photos and have enjoyed checking out your work.  I should tell you that I'm the guy you met in Floyd county friday night.  I enjoyed talking with you about how you got into photography.  It has made me consider looking for freelance work as an assistant.  I may be moving to the catskill region of NY if you know of any photographers in that area, could you drop me a line?  Maybe that area is to far from NY city.  I don't know.  In any case please let me know when your photos will run in the Post.


Paul Stokes

From: Paul Stokes <>

Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 16:40:42 -0400

Hello Richard,
I am looking for a photo of people involved in recreational activities in Orange County for use in a educational textbook for Social Studies. Please email or call 847-784-0404 x126. Thanks

From: Barbara Barrows <>

Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001

Richard - Hello!  Your photographs of our home, recently printed in the Washington Post's Home section, were great!  You did an incredible job.  I'd like to get copies, if possible.  Let me know how to proceed.

Once agin, thanks for the excellent job!

From: Michael Schmidt <>

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 16:02:56 -0500

I am inquiring about a photograph that I saw in Smithsonian Magazine in March 1999. Did you do a photo of Larry McMurtry? If you did I would love to talk to you about reproducing it. Thanks
Holly Holliday

Art Director- US Airways-Attaché Magazine.

From: Holly Holliday <>

Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 13:25:22 -0500


Its been a while since I took a look at your site.  I like the paris pictures very much.  You have given me some inspiration for a forthcoming trip to Rome.  I will also be going to India in January for a couple weeks as well.

I've added a few new things to my site that you may find interesting. .

All the best,


From: Adam Clayman <>

Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2000 10:42:33 -0400


How have you been? I just looked at your Paris Photos. They're really amazing. Do you have any for sale? Please let me know. I spent most of last summer in Paris and the South of France. I would love to buy one of your photos.
Write back if you get a chance. It would be nice to hear how you've been.


From: Candace Cato Drexelius <>

Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2000 23:19:26 -0400

Hey Richard,  Did you change your mind about Paris?

From: Jack W. Welpott <>

Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 16:58:29 -0400

I love your photos and actually have one of your prints that I purchased from French Country Living but I am curious if there is anywhere else that your images are for sale. Your work is very captivating.

From: Nancy Stewart <>

Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2000 04:30:13 -0400

i love your is amazing with the colour and to see more....wish you all the best

From: yeoh <>

Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 17:29:29 -0400

Good to see your pictures of Paris - its a city I've
photographed many times.
Particularly liked the wedding dresses.


From: Peter Marshall <>

Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2000 21:07:57 -0500

Quite nice work, Richard Robinson's. Recalls Atget, and Kertez, too.
Either way, good company.

David Newman   Brookhaven College   (studio)    (office)

Date: Thu, 26 Aug 1999 17:10:30 -0400

Stop using my name!

Richard Robinson (York, UK)

From: Richard Robinson <

Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 14:40:59 -0400

What wonderful images! The Nepal project is really incredible. I am a photojournalism student at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, WV. I am studying under a wonderful photojournalist, Benita Keller. Your work gives me great inspiration. I hope to someday have work half this fabulous! These images are very expressive and emotional. Keep up the good work! Best Wishes, Lisa Gillogly

Submitted by: Lisa Gillogly (

Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 22:39:28 -0400

Your view of Katmandhu certainly doesn't match mine. I spent a few glorious days there in '85 and was thrilled by the attitude and life I found among the people who lived there. Your vision is depressing. Another thing is that you completely omitted the religious feel of the place. How could you do that?! The 'City of a Thousand Temples' must feel offended.

From: Duane Edgar <

Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:14:04 -0500

Very interested in your sequence on cows, what I consider a sympathetic visit to a scene which, I expect, few (outside of the shrinking farmer world)know anything about. Being an anthropologist and a cattle producer I know the scene, perhaps with an objectivity or curiosity which my fellow farmers might not have. I find the character of the sales rink scene tends to shift with the type of sale. For example a sale of replacement heifers is quite different from a sale of heavy stocker cattle--quite a different set of buyers, and sellers. In short there is a human complexity to the sale scene which adds to the "animal complexity" of the bovid scene. Then of course there is the world of the cow, and cow producer, outside the confines of the sale setting. In short you are tapping into a nice area of "viewing the world" and thanks for the chance to se your "initial steps."

From: Berle Clay <

Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 14:04:20 -0500

I would just like to let you know how incredibly interested in cows I am. i find them to be fascinating and I loved your sight and photographs....we don't give cows the credit they deserve. Thank You for shedding some light on this subject matter.

From: Nissa <

Date: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 02:37:55 -0500

Lovely work. . . the (apparent) simplicity of the work in "Cow Sale" is striking and beautiful, and exactly the sort of thing I hope to see walking into galleries, museums, etc. If you maintain a list, please let me know if you are having a gallery show in the Mid-Atlantic anytime soon. . .

Submitted by: Jesse Einhorn (Jsce@AOL.COM)

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 18:32:18 -0500

Dear Richard

Fascinated to read about your shamanistic experiences of the Bonpo. I'm researching the influence of Bonpo on Tibetan buddhism for a University dissertation and I'm having difficulty sourcing good material. Do you have any suggestions?

Any feedback you're able to give me would be greatly appreciated.

With Good Will & Thanks, Rachel Cox, Sussex, UK.

Submitted by: Rachel Cox (

Date: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 10:27:44 -0400

Richard your pictures have a magic on them, my wife and myself are planning to travel to Nepal maybe next year, we are atracted by Nepal's mist and adventure, do you recommend something special to visit and how to travel economic wise.

thank you and congratulations for your pictures

Submitted by: eduardo fernandez (

Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 13:49:34 -0400

My name is Carl Rothenberg...I am a doctor of traditional oriental medicine...I will be traveling to remote areas of Nepal and Tibet to do research on Herbs, Magic, and Healing.. If you have any suggestions of people, areas, regions, or places you would suggest I go...please share...I like your picture by the way! email is

From: carl <

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 04:49:31 -0400

Just cruising while I set up a new web site and I make a point to say hello to other Richard Robinson's when I come across them, although I'm based in London and NYC. Hello.

Submitted by: (Richard Robinson)

Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 16:07:30 -0400

Dear Richard,

I'm impressed with your Website and especially the speed with which the pages download. Do you use black and white images because the speed with which they download? I've got a website that may interest you located at < feel free to send comments.

--Thanks, Martin

Submitted by: (Martin Lee)

Date: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 09:42:16 -0400

Greetings! I know you must have gone nuts seeing great stuff in the DARK cow free lunch in photography...I especially like cow sale #9, the slump to the man, everything about his body suggested work, the gesture of pulling a cig, something done over and over and over, like everything else, cow after cow after cow... beautiful light, too. So happy to find this site! some of my photographs you might be interested in, If there weren't a connection in terms of implication, darnkess, and subject, I would NOT have left my url.

Best to you

Submitted by: (Priscilla Forthman)

Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 02:22:55 -0500

great images! I always wondered what happened to you, it seems you're doig very well these days. I was just browsing some photography and painting pages on the web and I came across you're work, it's really wonderful. I'm moving to Aberdeen, Scotland soon with my 18 month daughter Lexi and my husband. I've been working on a series of abstract paintings of St. Sebastian and will be exhibiting them soon. I just thought I'd drop you a line to say I really enjoyed seeing your recent work it's nice to see other dedicated artist that have remained so throughout the years. Keep up the beautiful work. c. cato drexelius

Submitted by: (c. cato)

Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 16:04:48 -0500

Hi Richard. Long time no see. Talked to Megan yesterday and she told me about your pictures on the web. Great work!

Submitted by: (Dan)

Date: Wed, 25 Feb 1998 09:07:20 -0500

I really love to look at your photos. When I look at the images of Nepal, its almost as if I can hear them. Thank you for doing such beautiful work.

Submitted by: (Erin O'Brien)

Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 15:10:22 -0500

hi richard - i love your cow photos; you've captured a unique perspective on them. i'm a freelance photographer in rappahannock county (living in little washington) and have been photographing this area, mostly for the local newspaper which i quit last june, for 14 years. my favorite subjects are the animals - horses, cows, pigs, goats, even groundhopgs and skunks. i love spending time with cows in their field but always have an overwhelming sadness when i look at them, knowing that most likely they will soon be making that trip to the slaughter house. that's why i like to photograph them, to remember them as they were during their short lifetime, grazing in fields with some of the best views in the world. my email address is temporary (through March 6) as i am housesitting.

Submitted by: (cindy mahan)

Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 11:58:47 -0500

We would like your mailing address and e-mail address in order to contact you about possible book publication use of your photos or possible assignments.

Charles L. Wyrick, Jr.

Wyrick & Company

1-A Pinckney Street

Charleston, SC 29401-2626

Submitted by: (Charles Wyrick)

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 16:41:20 -0500

Fine shots, interesting observations on your time in Nepal. Kudos on the great work, neighbor.

Ruth Katzenstein

Greensboro, NC

Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 15:04:12 -0500

Is it possible for these photos to be used for educational purposes, at a national youth summit, in a multimedia form? These photos are great. It's very hard to find quality photography on the net, wthout the hassel of long distance calls and postal contacts. Do get back to me ASAP. This is an informal approach, do let me know if this is possible, and more formal administrative contact will be issued.

However, do E-Mail me if you require any information.

Thank you!

Submitted by: (Margaret)

Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 21:14:31 -0500

Hi Richard, I enjoyed the cow sale..just a farmer's daughter. My step-father & his family run an auction barn in W. Pa, selling everything from livestock to furniture. Let me know if you want to go visit.

Submitted by: (Patricia)

Date: Mon, 5 Jan 1998 10:53:30 -0500

Looks good Richard!

Paul Downey

Submitted by: (Paul Downey)

Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 02:57:50 -0500

richard robinson

for some strange reason i am unable to view pictures. actually, it is not that i am unable but something with my computer is amiss.

at any rate, just as a writer struggles to find a voice so the photographer just find his eyes. this is, in my opinion, a large part of what makes the pictures great. what the eyes see is, to a great measure, a function of and dependent upon the persons perception and experience of the world around them. the idea that a photographer is open to separate realities is exciting. could it be that in trying to capture and convey the mystery and magic of the world that you open a door for others. whether they walk through the door or just take a peek matters only to them. what matters the most is that they become aware of the door. are these prints in a book. o well i have gone on enough. thank you and should you have time you can email me at or at

Submitted by: (paula booth)

Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 23:56:25 -0500

Richard--I am really interested by your new page of pictures, Cows for Sale. The form you have employed here has certainly defined the subject provocatively. And it is true after all that no matter how familiar these animals may be, there is an element of mystery, sadness and melancholy that their presence suggests. You have done a good job of pointing this out. Very dramatic work. All the Best BILL MATTICK

Submitted by: (BILL MATTICK)

Date: Sun, 7 Dec 1997 22:16:06 -0500

Namaster Dhaju!

How about that cow piece for TERRA NOVA?


Submitted by: (David Rothenberg)

Date: Sat, 20 Sep 1997 12:35:10 -0400


Submitted by: (tom griffiths)

Date: Sun, 30 Mar 1997 19:41:40 -0500

G'day Richard Very nice photos and words on Nepal. The country has a similar effect on myself. I have been several times and am always thinking about the next journey there. Your words on Shamanism were interesting..where were they heading? Cheers Paul

Submitted by: (Paul O'Connor)

Date: Tue, 18 Feb 1997 13:53:56 -0500

Hello, i am an italian photographer and i want to tell you that your pictures are simply fantastic! Are very emotional. Best wishes!

Submitted by: (CARMELITA)

Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 22:13:00 -0500

tell me more

Submitted by: (bill)

Date: Tue, 5 Nov 1996 00:10:56 -0500

Nice photographs... thanks

Submitted by: (Tenzi Sherpa)

Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 02:09:48 -0400


I am planning a trip to Nepal this year in December. Being an avid photographer, I would
appreciate any advice you can give me on what would be useful to bring along.

Submitted by: (ADi Soon)

Date: Wed, 23 Oct 1996 02:07:46 -0400

Hello, I have seen your gallery and from it I derive new inspiration

Submitted by: (ADi Soon)

Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 21:44:19 -0400


Nicely done site. It was nice to have a chance to see your photographs once again. I am currently working on a site that will focus on my India pictures. I'll let you know when its up

Submitted by: (Adam Clayman)

Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 09:35:15 -0400 (EDT)

Richard, As this is also a favourite part of the world for me, I can relate to and enjoy your images. However I do find it disconcerting the lack of correlation between the thum nails that one clicks on and the eventual enlarged image. (or is this part of the magic?)

Submitted by: (Warren Jones)

Date: Wed, 14 Aug 1996 15:43:05 -0400

Richard, your photos remind me of the mysteriousness of Kathmandu, in a cold early morning fog, or the darkening, sweaty evening when the sun has set and the moonlight begins to make everything look like a stupa of some sort, or a person lurking in the shadows. i would love to see more of your photos, if you're ever in charlottesville. cheers to you.

Submitted by: (landon nordeman)

Date: Mon, 8 Jul 1996 22:56:42 -0400

We enjoyed visiting your work. Would like to see more sometime.

Submitted by: (Pete and Phebe Holladay)

Date: Mon, 1 Jul 1996 21:08:36

Dear Richard, Your photos are interesting and the explanation is personal and so, quite intriquing. I look forward to seeing your work--hardcopy--as the limitations of the WEB are also its advantages. I hope that we will be able to do some work together. Best regards, Tom Keller

Submitted by: TomKpix @ (Tom Keller)

Date: Mon, 13 May 1996 04:05:21

Magic and mystery, that's what you caught. Yet you catch but do not try to reveal, and that's the uppermost strength about your pictures. Thank you for having them available like this.

Submitted by: (Elias Urban)

Date: Mon, 8 Apr 1996 13:54:37

Hi Richard,

Nice pix. How many trips have you made to Nepal? All these images are from one trip, no? How long did you stay? Call me if you like 525-8331

Submitted by: (Tal McBride)

Date: Sat, 30 Mar 1996 22:28:21

Hi, Richard!

Your photographs have been chosen to appear in the April 1996 edition of Black and White World, the guide to the best black-and-white photography on the Web.

The URL is:

Please be sure to drop in after April 1st to see our description and link to your page!

Submitted by: (Mason Resnick)

Date: Tue, 2 Apr 1996 16:08:30

I am a high school student who get labelled for being non-committed to the art of photography. When you take a picture do you set it up of go for inspiration?

Submitted by: (kelly)

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 11:54:49

Very artistic photographs. Good job!!!

Submitted by: (Naveen Dutta)

Nell Dorr

Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 23:53:33 -0400

Hello Blythe,

I have enjoyed the work of Nell Dorr for many years.  I especially love Mother and Child.  The copy I have is dedicated to her daughter, who I believe is photographed several times in the book.  I am saddened to know that this beautiful woman died so young and have often wondered what happened to her.  Do you have any knowledge about this?
Thank you,   Helen Richie

Submitted by: Helen Richie (

Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 02:42:20 -0400

Just a note to let you know I was at this website, it is great. I pick-up a copy of a photo at a sale, I just fell for it. ON the back the photographers name; Nell Dorr. I look up her name on the net and found this site. I this she was great!
Sharon Carr
Seattle WA.

Submitted by: Sharon (

Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 01:52:11 -0400

Ms Dorr must have been a wonderful person.We have one of her prints and cherish it greatly.

Submitted by: Richard Buroker (

Date: Sun, 28 Apr 2002 21:56:02 -0400

Thank you for perpetuating the memory of Nell Dorr and her incredible, insightful photography. I know her work first-hand from early prints she gave to the Massillon Museum in Massillon, Ohio (where she actually grew up--not Cleveland).  I had the pleasure of talking to her by phone in her later years.  I though you might want to know that I include her in my programs about famous Massillon women and have included her in my upcoming history of Massillon.

Submitted by: Margy Vogt (

Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2002 20:04:43 -0500

hi..there is a photograph in the book called family of man by edward steichen for museum of modern art. There's an art has no title..but it 's by nell dorr usa. and i would like to know the title and date. for it.
it's a photograph of a women looking down ath the right her baby..she is nursing the baby..the woman has head covering over her head. her hands are holding the baby. can you please tell me the name of the photograph...and the date's an emergency...thank you!!! i just need it for school.thank you..please email: asap

Submitted by: jenny (

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 20:48:05 -0500

I knew of Nell Dorr from my student days at Horace Mann School in the late 1960's.  She and her husband donated property adjacent to their Washington, Ct. home to the school and students went there to get away from the city and get in touch with nature.  I have been back many times and once was to her home.  I have seen and loved her work and thank you for putting this on the web.

Submitted by: Mitch Schonfeld (

Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2002 21:34:38 -0500


i am a journalism graduate student at new york university.  for a biography class, i am interested in researching the life of nell dorr.  do you have any suggestions? might i perhaps e-mail you in the future?

thank you very much.


sarah mandle

Submitted by: sarah (

Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 00:53:26 -0500

My wife and I have a signed 16x20 print by Ms. Dorr of two girls at the piano that we dearly love and are attempting to have insured. Can you possibly help us in any way to establish the value? We would be eternally grateful. Thank you very much,Richard Buroker

Submitted by: Richard and Judith Buroker (

Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2002 22:44:02 -0500


I very much enjoyed your page.  I am already familiar with Dorr's work and am glad to see it memorialized here.  Do you work at the Amon Carter Museum?  I noticed the copyright statement.

A couple of the photographs above are dated ca.1940.  They are of Bethany [McCready] Tudor who was born in 1940, so I think they might more appropriately be dated ca. 1944.  You could write to Bethany in Brattleboro, Vermont, and ask her.

I am half the team who wrote TASHA TUDOR: THE DIRECTION OF HER DREAMS.   In that bibliography of Tudor material we identify all the photographs in MOTHER AND CHILD.  Part of the verification came from Thomas McCready, the other from the McCready daughters and Barbara Howe.

Best wishes and Happy New Year.

Wm John Hare

Submitted by: Wm John Hare (

Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 01:30:55 -0500

i just listed a beautiful copy of nell dorr's book mother and child -1954 on ebay - your website pays a very nice tribute to her - thank you for aiding my research - what a beautiful book -

Submitted by: bob (

Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2001 15:29:41 -0500

Ms. Daly,  The world is indeed small.  I am searching for a copy of Mangroves for my nurse-midwife husband.  We are displaced Floridians in Oregon, very appreciative of Nell Dorr's mother and child subjects  and neighbors of Shad Williames who has an awesome collection of her work.  Our daughter is a 4th year at UVa, retired from rowing after her first year.  If you are still on campus, you might know Heather, we have the same last name.  Nice site, I am inspired to search further for my objective.  Best wishes,
Dawn Lloyd 12/01/01.

Submitted by: Dawn Lloyd (

Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 01:25:23 -0500

where could one view the book "in a blue moon" ?  is it online anywhere that you know of?

Submitted by: jim mills (

Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2001 01:02:37 -0500

I'd never seen a picture of Nell Dorr before I looked at your web site---she's really quite lovely and appears to be very happy with herself. Thank you again, Richard Buroker

Submitted by: Richard Buroker (

Date: 6 Nov 2001 00:52:11 -0500

My wife and I have a 16x20 photograph by Nell Dorr  titled "Two Girls at the Piano" that we purchased more than 20 years ago and we enjoy looking at it every day. Do you have any idea of its value? Thank you , Richard Buroker

Submitted by: Richard Buroker (

Date: 4 Oct 2001 13:14:13 -0400

Hi Blythe,
Thank you for this site! I live on Nell's estate. Though it has been sold a few times...My twin sister and I still live in the small cheese house and were in the octagonal before that got moved. We try to maintain the look of the small it was and feel like guard dogs of the old estate. We both feel we need to preserve and protect it!
We found a buch of Nells old photos that are not major works but just probably photos from Wykeham Rise school..some sort of dancers and a play..I asked the Washington Art Association if they wanted them and they said no. Would you care for them? If you get this just let me know! All the best, Leslie Milliun

Submitted by: Leslie Milliun (

Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2001 16:02:03 -0400

Dear Ms. Daly,

How interesting that you knew Nell Dorr. I came to know her work by being interested in Tasha Tudor, and of course, as you know, many of the photos are of Tasha and her children. How very interesting that you sat and ate cookies with her. I'd love to have know this talented lady. Thank you for posting this on the web for us to share.

Best regards,

Submitted by: Doris Long (

Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 00:18:21 -0400

I was excited to see your site on Nell Dorr.  I was Nell's personel caretaker from about 1981 -1984.  I have many fond memories of my time with "Dorn".  My experiences with her truly affected me.  I was young at the time and had a lot to learn about everything.  Dorn and I would often listen to music or garden.  She also loved to be read to.  In her gentle way she encouaged my interests.  Her home was peaceful and purposeful.  She didn't speak much, but when she did it seemed profound and thoughtful.  I particularly love the last photo you offer of Nell in the hammock with her bright smile.  I have a very simular photo.  Feel free to contact me.  I would love to tell you more.  Take care,
Diane Dunder
Hillsborough, NC

Submitted by: Diane Dunder (

Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 23:45:04 -0400

Do you know where I could purchase one of Nell Dorr's
out of print books ?
She has always been my favorite phoyographer. I have some pages from the 1975 "popular Photography" magazine. I also have always loved Tasha Tudor. I don't know when i realized that Tasha and her family were subjects for nell Dorr, but that only emphsized my love for her work. Thankyou for the beautiful website in honor of Nell's work. I am so glad to have found it.
Judy Emerick...portrait artist.

Submitted by: Judy Emerick (

Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2001 18:18:40 -0400

Did Nell or her father ever live in Massillon, OH.
I have a number of photos my  mother (of Massillon) taken by  Becker and was under the impression that he had a studio there. One of my favorite photographs in my collection is by Nell, that of a nude young girl standing on an chair in front of an open window. Do you know this image?

Submitted by: Steve McLain (
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 15:39:18 -0500

Do you know if Nell Dorr photographed in Florida from 1912 to 1917 when she was living in Miami with her husband who was heading construction of the Vizcaya estate?

Submitted by: Margot Ammidown (

Date: Fri, 2 Feb 2001 23:46:37 -0500

Dear Blythe.......Just wanted you to know Nell Dorr has been my inspiration for going on thirty years.  I spoke with her on the phone in the early eighties, and she sent me In a Blue Moon, autographed, which at this time I am desperatly trying to find due to moving too many times between California and Ireland.  I keep my copy of Mother and Child by my bed to remind me what I'm here for.  Not only are her photos little miracles, but so are her words.  My best to you......keep up the good work.  If you're interested in seeing some of my work, I'd be happy to share it with you.  Monica Roberts, 1473 9th Street, Los Osos, CA 93402

Submitted by: monica roberts (

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 10:34:38 -0500


The Zeta Psi Educational Foundation is developing a library archive with books, magazines, articles, sound recordings and videos of prominent alumni.  We would like to place the copies in the Rutgers University Library/Archives, The Dorr Library at our Delta Chapter as well as the International Headquarters Library/Archives.

Dr. John Van Nostrand Dorr is a Zeta Psi brother who graduated from our Rutgers College chapter in 1894.  Dr. Dorr also served as the first president of the Zeta Psi Educational Foundation in 1947.

If possible, could you please provide contact information for any of Dr. and Mrs. Dorr's family.

Do you have any other information available on Dr. & Mrs. Dorr?  We would be very interested to obtain copies.

Thank you in advance for your time, patience and assistance.

Very truly yours,
Douglas Clark

Submitted by: Douglas Clark (

Date: Tues, 12 Dec 2000

I would very much like to know more about Nell Dorr. I bought a used book of her images (The Bare Feet) in a bookstore in Vermont.  Is there a biography available? Thank for your time in answering this inquiry. Kate Cleghorn

Submitted by: Kate cleghorn (

Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2000 13:36:33 -0500

I have a signed copy (to someone else) of her book, "Of Day and Night."  I feel very lucky to have found it.  You must feel honored to have been the friend of such a talented person.

From: Claudia Morri --- <>

Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2000 15:39:33 -0500

Hi Blythe...

We (my wife Linda, and I) recently purchased a "softcover book" of photos, done by Nell Dorr (it actually lists her as Nell Koons)... The title is "Mangroves", and is dated 1933... It was published by the Miami Post Publishing Company... I've been searching the web for information on this particular title, and haven't found anything about it... Is this a piece of her works that you are aware of?... Do you have any information about it that you could share with us?... Any information that you could offer would be very appreciated... Thanks... Frank

Submitted by: Frank Dempsey (

Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000 11:54:57 -0500

What a wonderful find I just became aware of Nell Dorr and find her work beautiful and moving.

Submitted by: Barbara Ernst (

Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2000 08:55:25 -0500

Dear Blythe,

Happy Thanksgiving!  My name is Emery Hutchins and My sister in law Barby Howe and my wife Kit are visiting your website for the first time.  The images that you have on the site bring back fond memories of visiting with Dorn years ago.  Thank you so much for keeping her work and the memories of her alive and well. Please keep in touch.
Emery Hutchins

hi dear- i am  having such a great time with elizabeth  odonnell thru e mail- i hope to visit her or visa versa in the spring- her daughter eilis,looks a bit like you or meg as  wee ones- she is precious- i hope you are spending a nice holiday with your family- please give them my love oxoxo-barby

Submitted by: Emery Hutchins (

Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2000 12:32:20 -0500

I am the great grandaughter and namesake of Nell Dorr.  My Mother's grandfather was John Dorr.  I loved your site.  I never spent alot of time with Nell as we lived in another state, but I grew up surrounded by her photography.  She took some extraordinary pictures of me skinny dipping as a child. Her images are like a beloved song I never get tired of hearing. I remember her as a very loving individual, and I think this is evident in her work. Thanks  for the site and the history!

Submitted by: Nell DeLao (

Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2000 06:19:51 -0500

Dear Ms. Daly

We would like to use a photograph of Nell Dorr for a magazine. Can I adress an inquiry of authorization to yo. If yes, can you give me your adress an fax-number. If not, do you know the person, where I have to adress. Thank you for your help.

From: Oliver Schneider --- <>

Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 06:43:56 -0500

Blythe, my name is Elizabeth O'Donnell. I don't know if you
remember me, but I made an inquiry some time back regarding
the friendship between Nell Dorr and Tasha Tudor. You
forwarded my request to Barbara Howe. I can not begin to
thank you enough for that, as she and I have become such
good friends thanks to you!

I am currently trying to document Dorn's life and work, and
would love to hear any stories or memories that you would be
willing to share. I am afraid she was a little before my
time, as I was born in 1972. Since there are currently
no comprehensive biographies about her, I would greatly
appreciate any information you could give to help me
begin to touch upon her life, and know her for the person
that she was. Thank you so much for your time. I look
forward to hearing from you!

Warmest Wishes,    Elizabeth

Submitted by: Elizabeth O'Donnell (

Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 11:10:50 -0400

Greetings! How wonderful to find this web site. Nell was my father's cousin, and I have been an admirer of her work since I was very young. One of my most vivid childhood memories is of meeting Nell Dorr while on a family trip to New York City from Cleveland. We had tea at the Plaza - a hugely glamorous occasion. She struck me as a truly radiant woman - powerful, yet soft and compassionate. She presented my parents with a beautiful photograph of children playing and added a fine inscription. It hangs at my father's home on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. Four framed pages from "Mother and Child" grace a wall at my home in Perth, Australia, and these joyous, tender images have given pleasure to everyone who has seen them.

My daughter Elizabeth is just beginning her career as a photographer in Melbourne, Australia. I will encourage her to visit this site for some extra inspiration. Thank you for honouring Nell.

From: Ann Howard Brodziak --- <>

Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 00:04:30 -0400

My future sister-in-law is named after Nell Dorr. Her mother's family (she is Priscilla "Pixie" Pennington) was good friends with the Dorrs. Her father was Jeffrus Pennington of Westport, Connecticut. I enjoyed reading your memories of Nell. I am excited to share it with my future in-laws.

Submitted by: Theresa Southern (

Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2000 16:07:37 -0400

Greetings. I came across a copy of "Mother and Child" a couple of years ago at a library book sale and was completely captivated by the photographs I found within its pages. Recently I viewed a documentary on the life of Tasha Tudor and recognized several of the photographs as being those of Nell Dorr. As I find both women equally fascinating, I was hoping you could perhaps tell me a little more of their relationship, and perhaps clarify who is who in some of the photographs in "Mother and Child". I would greatly appreciate any information you could provide me with, as I greatly wish to know more about these two extraordinary women. Thank you.

Submitted by: Elizabeth O'Donnell (

Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2000 00:59:59 -0400

Thank you so much for this website. I'm looking for a copy of Mother and Child, and happened to find my way here.

Submitted by: Pamela  (

Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 14:48:14 -0400

It was so lovely to find this beautiful tribute to my beloved great-grandmother on the web.
Thank you!

From: Karen Ashe Climo --- <>

Date: Thu, 4 May 2000 15:34:02 -0400

I have admired Nell Dorr's photographs since I first saw them 20 years ago.
Do you know where I might find out about aquiring a print?

Submitted by: Pat wheatley (

I think that this information is wonderful.  I am a great
fan of Nell Dorr's work. I would love to be able to speak,
or correspond, about it with you.  You can email me at

Thank you very much,

David Taylor

From: David Taylor --- <>

Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 22:47:17 -0500

hi... just saw a copy of mangroves for sale on e-bay ($250)....
assume her maiden name was becker, and her first husband was
koons?  wonder if you know anything about him....had never
heard of nell before... curious since we share a fairly unusual
last name? know there were koons' in connecticut who were
associated with the university of connecticut...

From: steve koons --- <>

Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 16:06:30 -0500

To Blythe Daly,

Thanks for this site!   I picked up a copy of "Mother and Child" many years ago and to this day it is my favorite book of photographs (and I have many books)!  I've been trying to learn more about her and her other publications.  I'm generally not a big fan of pictorial work but every year I show her work to my high school photography students and they are spellbound.  I use the picture you have titled, "Happiness, 1940" as an example of a perfect, comfortable composition. It's a photo I never get tired of looking at!

Thanks again!     Don Lehman

Submitted by: Don Lehman (

Date: Thu, 16 Sep 1999 11:49:26 -0400

Dear Blythe, Thank you so much for creating this web site.  I love looking at these photographs.

Submitted by: Mary Jane Fay (

Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 10:31:01 -0400

Comments about Blythe's material

Hi Blythe, It's wonderful to see so many of Dorr's photos up
on theis website. Congratulations on a good job. However, I
have one slight correction. ....
Have you received any other feedback on her photos?

Submitted by: Barbara McCandless (

Date: Wed, 11 Aug 1999 09:48:21 -0400

Blythe,  Thanks for your thoughts and images on Nell Dorr.
I've been a fan for many years and was introduced to her work by master photographer Shedrich Williames.  Her image "Easter Morning" has lasted in my memory for many years. I have a portrait of Nell taken by Shedrich that I treasure.
Thanks again.

Submitted by: Ernst-Ulrich Schafer (

Date: Sat, 31 Jul 1999 09:16:55 -0400

Dear Ms.Daly;
I was so happy to find your web-site!I was lucky enough to strike up a correspondence with Ms.Dorr,and have her send me a copy,autographed along with a lovely note of her book 'In a Blue Moon'.I was also,with her help,able to secure copies of  'Mother and Child' and 'Of Night and Day'.I've always considered her a giant among photographers and wish she would get her do.Thanks for taking the time to honor her.I live in N.J. so it's hard for me to get down to the Amon Carter Museum in Ft.Worth.Will there ever be a retrospective of her work in New York?How valuable are these out-of-print books?Again,thank you for your site!Yours truly,Terry Conner

Submitted by: terry conner (

Date: Wed, 30 Jun 1999 23:51:45 -0400

Thank you, Blythe.  Nell Dorr's work is dear to me.  She is an inspiration in my own photographic work.

Submitted by: Joan Barrett (

Date: Tue, 15 Jun 1999 11:44:33 -0400

 Dear Blythe, What a beautiful tribute.You certainly deserved an A+. I am at Jan's learning how to use the computer. Obviously I have a bit to learn!You made my day, thanks. Love ya, happpy rowing, Barby

Submitted by: Nell Dorr's granddaughter, Barby Howe (

Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 05:57:55 -0400

Great page! Compliments!

Submitted by: Rolf Sachsse (

Date: Wed, 19 May 1999 11:38:04 -0400

Blythe - Love the effort, you must be proud! Please check spellings in last paragraph

Submitted by: Ned Daly (

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 09:02:28 -0400

Thanks. Great job -- very interesting visuals & reading.

Submitted by: Sissy Albertine (

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 21:18:33 -0400

Dear Blythe, thanks for putting up this fine page on Nell. I have The Bare Feet and have looked at some of Nell's other books and have always thought that she didn't get the attention she deserved. For example, she's not profiled in some of the "standard" references like Witkin's guide, although she got a paragraph in Naomi Rosenblum's A History of Women Photographers (what do you think of Rosenblum's summary, which has a rather different content than your web page?) Hopefully, your efforts will bring this fine photographer to a wider audience.

Submitted by: Gary Saretzky (

Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:06:43 -0400

Hi, This is the most beautiful tribute to anyone that I can imagine! From your artful words the the peach color of the background, you show your love as well as all of our love for this wonderful woman. Thank you and it was wonderful to see you and the whold family this weekend. Because of you, I now always try to "Finish Strong!" Love, Jan

Submitted by: Jan Tanner Poskas ( Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 17:44:21 -0400

Although it's probably true to say that many people over here know Nell Dorr by name as a photographer, there can't be too many of us who are able to fit her name with her images - you do a delightful service by enabling us to do that, and have a brief background as well. Thanks!

Philip Stokes, Nottingham

Submitted by: Dr Philip Stokes (

Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 13:38:14 -0400

Dear Blythe: Many thanks for preparing this site. Dorr deserves much more recognition. In case you are unaware of it...some of her work was published in CORONET magazine. I can find the citatation if you need it. Dorr is among the 24,000 files on women photographers in the collection of the Women in Photography International Archive. This collection also has about 2,400 books and 5,000 articles on WP and about 10,500 vintage photographs by WP if that is of any interest to you. Again, thank you for setting up this site.

Submitted by: Peter Palmquist

Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 12:59:04 -0400

This is a lovely tribute to Nell Dorr. I had not seen her photography before this, and hope to be able find her books in our library or through an interlibrary loan. Could you tell me how I may get in contact with the Dorr estate to possibly purchase a print or two?

Your self-portrait is just lovely. The background reminds me so much of a Steichen landscape from the period when he lived in Milwaukee. Is there any chance that you have made a copy of this print that I might obtain?

Submitted by: John Erbes (

John Spence Weir

Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:50:41 -0400

I found the photos just wonderful.The best photos of mexico i've seen.
 I'd like to know what tipe of film & develop did you use.(if it's not a problem) I'm a photographer too,from uruguay.

From: MATIAS <>

Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 14:16:55 -0400

For John Spence Weir:  Your photography is brilliant.  It honors not only the color and form of Mexico, but also the true aesthetic of Mexican culture.  It speaks to all aspects of the senses.

From: Jen Wendeln <>

Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 07:16:13 -0400

very cool , I love to have my works like this .
 I like his style .

From: kanoon <>

Date: Sat, 2 Mar 2002 21:56:33 -0500

Hey John,

Well I did a web search for you and this site came up.  As usuall I enjoyed your work.  I loved the one with the rain drops and the park bench especially.  I am living in Philly now.  Let me know that you got this message and I will send an e-mail to let you know what has been going on with my life.  My email is

Trevor White

From: Trevor White <>

Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 01:48:02 -0500

Your work in reminiscent of Eugene Atget's work. Your passion is Atget's passion as he roamed the streets of Paris, Versailles and the Tuileries. Your photographs are documents of the simple things often overlooked in the Mexican urban landscape. Documents, like Atget's, that play a valuable role in capturing the Mexican cultural landscape.

From: Frank Kluber <>

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 03:12:09 -0500

I been looking at your photographs with the following conclusion: "grow from the within,for the  outside will never be the  same, ever  again".   I think that i  now  begin  to  understand your  teachings  and your brilliant sense of aesthetics.  Thanks for  the opportunity to see your work and for your artistic stimulus.

From: Jose Monterrosa <>

Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2001 02:31:32 -0500

Hey there!  Love your work!  I love Mexico, but have not been back there for almost 15 years now.  I was fluent in Spanish then, but I don't have the opportunity to use it as much now.  You have beautifully captured the soul of Mexican artistry and spirit.  I would love to do some photography down there myself.  I've been thinking about it a lot actually.  One thing I'm not to sure about, is what equipment to take.  I prefer to shoot with my Mamiya Pro TL (and all of the lenses that go with it), but am concerned about wandering around with such an expensive system (I'm a gringo by the way).  I know that a lot of the colored concrete can be blown up big from 35mm without showing the grain.  What do you think about it?  I'd love to know more about the technical aspect of your pictures too, but like me, you probably don't write it down.  I think you've done a fantastic job adding these elements like passing by vehicles and bicycles!  Do you use flash much?  Anyhow, much praise for your great work!  Peace.  :-)

From: Samos <>

Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2001 19:37:42 -0500

Dear John,

I have never much enjoyed color images let alone considered purching one but viewing your images may have changed my mind!! Do you sell direct to collectors - how are the prints done -cibachromes or what - sizes ? Prices? How come you never have humans or any other living creatures in your images?  Hope to hear from you soon!

From: Lee Drotman <>

Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2001 02:15:38 -0400

Dear John:  Your images are exquisite.  Thank you for posting such a beautiful inspirational show.

From: Carole H. Browner <>

Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 23:59:07 -0400

Hi from Australia. Our family descends from John Spence Weir of Durness, Sutherland Scotland. Do you descend from him?

From: Grant South <>

Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 14:15:28 -0400

beautiful vibrant  colors    Charles sent this to   me to enjoy  and I did     Thank you   I also  did  forward it many   relatives  and to Argentina   to relatives there.

From: Susan Schwartz <>

Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2001 16:22:50 -0400

Just happened across this website as I look for pictures. Your photos are absolutely amazingly beautiful. What an eye you have!!!  So artistic. I wish my photos had some of this quality. May I follow you around some day and just watch what you do (with your camera, that is).  Thanks so much for sharing these online. ~ Carolyn

From: Carolyn Sherwood <>

Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 16:28:25 -0400

I think your photos of Mexico are wonderful.

From: Frank Cancian <>

Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2001 13:15:51 -0500

I wil soon be visiting Tlaltenango, Zacatecas. Is this the same Tlaltenango you speak of. If it is can you please tell me some info. i will be flying to Zacatecas, then renting a car and traveling. Do yo have any tips.


From: Valerie Christensen <>

Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 14:06:15 -0500


From: TIA <>

Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 19:35:18 -0500

I feel fascinated by the photographs taken by John Spence in Mexico. Somehow the interplay of shapes and colors evoked a language I would like to communicate with, something inside me that usually doesn't come up in the somehowblack and white existence I tend to create. Thanks, from my heart. Maria

From: Maria Ruiz <>

Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 13:11:15 -0400

John, the reason I like your art is because it contains the human element and its full extent of creativity without displaying a single live character (human), not to mention the colors contrast and geometrical lines combination

From: Carlos Cardoza <>

Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2000 21:54:28 -0400

Very good images! I enjoyed your web page, the imaging and the images.  Good use of color.  Keep up the good work and have fun traveling!!!

From: guess who --- <>

Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 20:53:54 -0500


Just checking it out! Looks like it's up and running! Your web site is fabulous. It was just a matter of time before everyone was able to view your wonderful work along with the other artists on the page. Keep in touch and I do miss our photo sessions.

As always,

From: Peggy Stokes --- <>

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 22:47:33 -0500

Would like to contact Mr. Weir to request his permission to include the 2 prints of his owned by George Eastman House on the GEH web based collections finding aid.

From: Andrew Eskind <>

Date: Fri, 5 Nov 1999 12:22:15 -0500

Good observation! The indian part of our existance does give us color. It adds that dimension, that soul that makes us unique people..a combination of the Spanish and indian culture. Sometimes they work well and sometimes they tear us apart..but in colorful ways...Sergio

From: Sergio --- <>

Stunning color pictures! Thanks.

From: S. Sairam --- <>

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 21:42:55 -0400

John, this looks great !

From: timo --- <f8speed>

Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 15:25:19 -0400

User comments for Weir's site

Dan R. Cavalier suggested I look at your images. The images evoke "beyond the real" mysteries. The formal compositional elements: color, shape and placement are wonderful. Have you ever contacted Kathleen Ewing Gallery in Washington D.C.? Her gallery concentrates on photography and she shows nationally and internationally known artists.

Your work is wonderful.

From: Dorothy Cavalier Yanik --- <>

Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 18:23:11 -0400

John Weir's photographs show an exceptional eye for color and composition. He is truly and artist.        This collection should be published in a book.

From: Dan R. Cavalier --- <>

Date: Fri, 3 Sep 1999 15:38:40 -0400

Hello Mr. Spenser,
I enjoyed very much your  photos from Mexico.
There is no doubt we are lucky that you decided to put
aside the black and white photography.
while watching your photos, I was really curious to see
more than "just" the frame of your choice.
I think this is something that makes a photo to be a n iteresting one.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful work,

From: Avishay <

Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 08:59:49 -0400

Well, when are you going to start seriously expanding on your website?  Let's get on with it, man!

From: CAN deMan --- <

Date: Thu, 12 Aug 1999 11:54:32 -0400

Dear John,
 Thank you for your June 1st e-message with word of this incredible site!  And thank you for excusing my long delay in responding.  Our computer crashed in early June (in need of a new operating system), and Sally and I didn’t really get back up and running for several weeks, only to discover we’d lost our Bookmarks, Address Book, etc.  Nightmare!  Anyway, we’re largely re-constructed at this point (although my own site hasn’t had its promised update yet), and we want to say how excited we are by your images and text.  Absolutely wonderful work——strong, focused, compelling.  The collection should be headed for a book, for sure.  Great site design, too.
 I would still be honored to join you (and Bob and Peter) in a group exhibition at some point.  Sally and I continue to brainstorm ideas for an appropriate site and time.  Meanwhile, we hope your summer is going great.  I guess the teaching school year is just around the corner now.  We’ll continue to check this site and have added your e-mail address back into our system.  Please keep in touch and send word of exhibitions+.  I’ll do the same.  Be sure to let us know anytime you’re down our way:  831/373-0116.
 With warmest best wishes, Jeff

From: Jeff Becom --- <

Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 13:54:47 -0400

Hey John Weir,

It's the tapeworm here to tell you that seeing your work displayed like this gives me a better idea of the continuity of your work. I am use to seeing an individual print under the lightbox at DVC and I often do not get too excited about the image because it is not connected to a body of work which gives it some significance. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, I get it now. I understand why it is so important to you to go back down to Mexico and photograph that big purple arrow, and I now can invision how you will compose it with your 17mm lens. What else can I say except that you are TALENTED!

See you in school. I'm hungry. Sincerely, Tapeworm

From: Linda Kramer --- <>

Date: Sat, 17 Jul 1999 03:30:25 -0400

Dear John,

Oh my God !   You must be the best fotographer in the history of
Color and Mexico, simply brilliant!  If you have any children,
they must be genius !

From: star are coming --- <>

Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 18:40:43 -0400

I enjoyed the collection -- brought back memories of Mexico.

From: Chris Hargens --- <

Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 18:56:51 -0400

Hello John,

I loved your pictures. They are really personnal. Congratulations.

Submitted by: Jean-Claude Berger <

Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 09:34:20 -0400

Enjoyed looking at this color work John, I had not realized you'd done so much. A question, when you put your mom to rest in 1958, was she living there? Or had she lived there for a long while?

Cheers Jack Fulton

From: Jack Fulton (

Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 21:01:15 -0400

Hey John, nice web site. Remember there are always at least two people in every photograph. The photographer and the viewer. Cheers FOTOJAXON

From: Jack Welpott --- (

Date: Thu, 3 Jun 1999 04:51:40 -0400

Impressive; have made a link to the page on my website.

Date: Sat, 29 May 1999 07:53:37 -0400

Dear Mr. Weir,

Your photogrpahy captures the vivid colors that are Mexico to me. Whenever I arrive in Mexico, the colors jump out as they do in your photos.

Thanks for the images,

Jimmy Paleschic

Date: Tue, 25 May 1999 02:01:37 -0400

I love the images, and your personal statement enriches the viewing experience. The sum gives a nice mini-gallery experience. The colors come through very nicely, but except as minitures, my rectangular monitor prevents me from seeing each full-screen image in its entirity, which irritates me immensely. Scrolling down and across lets me see all parts of the image at a decent scale but clobbers the full esthetic experience. Thanks for preparing this exhibit and thanks to the "gallery" and the curator for making it available in this format -- the wave of things to come... .

From: Austin Frank --- (

Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 17:31:03 -0400

John: Thanks for getting in touch and letting me see this dazzle-riot of color. Cheers.


From: A. J. Meek --- <

Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 17:12:01 -0400


What a pleasure to visit with your images from my island retreat. I think that there are some of your most powerful images here, and I hope that lots of people will access them.

I will check often to see if there are any new images. Harv

Submitted by: Harvey Himelfarb (